Two days after toppling the upstart Phoenix Coyotes, the Detroit Red Wings were back at it. With little rest, they had to take on the rested and dangerous Western Conference #1 seed San Jose Sharks. The Sharks looked in trouble early on in their series against Colorado but 3 straight wins sent them to the second round.
Detroit 3 @ San Jose 4 – A team with two days rest against one with some five days rest won’t exactly be an even battle. In the first period, the Sharks skated circles around the Wings and put up three goals in the first eleven minutes. The twice-defending Western Conference champs weren’t able to close the gap from there but came close a couple of times. Besides the rest, the big difference was special teams. The Sharks went 2 for 5 on the power play while the Wings were shut out on their five attempts. The hero for San Jose was Joe Pavelski who notched a pair of goals and added to assists. As for the Big Two (because Marleau was out), they combined for one goal, two assists and four PIM. Not a stellar night seeing as they’re supposed to lead the charge but it was their best night of the post-season.
San Jose leads the series 1-0
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Joe Pavelski (San Jose) – 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Dan Boyle (San Jose) – 3 assists
3. Johan Franzen (Detroit) – 1 goal, 1 assist
Montreal at Pittsburgh (TV: CBC, Versus)
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